• Robert Schumann

    Song Cycles

    James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook

    Song Cycles 1 cd CKD 474
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James Gilchrist's latest recording for Linn encompasses three of the greatest examples of the song cycle genre, plus a free bonus track, Meine Rose (track 38).

Moving away from English song into the core Germanic Lieder repertoire, James's expressive tenor voice is ideally suited to showcase the emotional nuances of Schumann's vocal writing. Liederkreis shows Schumann at his most lyrical and deeply romantic; incredibly Op. 24 was his first published vocal composition. Dichterliebe, Schumann's best-known song cycle, is regarded as one of the finest in the German language, notable for its perfect pairing of Heinrich Heine's poetry with Schumann's music.

'Every once in a while comes a disc so perfectly formed that we marvel at its existence. Here, we are graced with an exceptional interpretation of Schumann's song cycles by pianist Anna Tilbrook and tenor James Gilchrist.' McAlister Matheson Music

Recommended Further Listening: For further examples from Schumann's miraculous 'year of song' of 1840, turn to his two Liederkreis cycles and Dichterliebe, performed by tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook. BBC Music Magazine